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Brian Elias

Publisher: Chester Music

Impromptu (2009)
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Works for 2-6 Players
Year Composed
2009
Duration
5 Minutes
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Programme Note
Brian Elias Impromptu (2009)
IMPROMPTU for Flute, B Flat Clarinet and Harp was written to honour the Endymion ensemble on its thirtieth birthday. I wrote the piece without any preparation or advance planning, allowing the music itself to lead me and to dictate its form, hence the title. Although the process of composition was extemporaneous, the piece turns out to fall into a simple binary form, in which the first section is elaborated upon and slightly extended in the second. The flute and clarinet play mostly together, performing variants of the same material, often in close rhythmic parallel, while the harp has an independent role in addition to commenting and accompanying.

Brian Elias, March 2009


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  • Ensemble
    Endymion
    Conductor
    Quentin Poole
    NMC:
Performances
Date
Title
  • 06 JUN 2009
    Impromptu World Premiere
    Endymion at 30: Sound Census
    King's Place, London
    Endymion Ensemble

Reviews
There is something quirkily arcadian about the instrumental palette; and yet while the clarinet and flute are constantly engaged in a twittering birdsong, the bright, manic ostinati that pervade the harp part keepthe whole thing from sounding a little too 'cute.'
Delia Casadei, MusicalCriticism.com,6/8/2009
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